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What is the current time frame for a negative COVD test before being on set?

(These rules are based on the current CDC recommendations.) 

From the height of an infection to being back on set it is “5” days: But first you must have no further symptoms, no temperature, etc.

You must produce a negative test within 24 hour of going on set the day of arrival on set.

Here's the catch. A PCR test takes 1-3 days for results and can still come back positive for up to 90 days after infection. So the test need to be an antigen test (15 min result) which can be taken just before leaving for set. I have the cast and crew take a photo of the test strip with the negative result on a paper with their name and date on it and text it to me before arrival and then check their temperature and fill out the daily covid-19 health survey as required by SAG.

From detecting that you are sick until you are clear for set it is around 7 days usually now (omnicron). The person who had COVID (like everyone else on set) must stay distanced, wear a surgical mask, and test every other day. That is the current procedure.

For everyone else it's a Negative PCR test to start a production week and an Antigen test every second day after that. SAG now also has a reduced version but only under much lessened covid spread conditions. Currently Southern California is listed as “severe” so I don't expect much change soon.

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Free Education Opportunities

CineGear ON AIR Presents: 
A panel discussion with top members of the American Society of Cinematographers. The informal discussion and audience Q&A will be moderated by Paul Maibaum, ASC, known for his work on “Sons of Anarchy”, Santa Clarita Diet” “Baby Daddy”, and “Station 19”. 
Dialogue with ASC Cinematographers - View on-demand

In this ARRI Academy masterclass from Camerimage 2018, James Laxton ASC discusses his approach to cinematography and how large-format cameras have helped him to discover a new level of emotional connectivity. James also talks about his experiences shooting on the ARRI ALEXA 65 camera and Signature Primes lenses.

In the Illumination Tour Workshop, Shane Hurlbut ASC shares his process of preparing for a shoot as Director of Photography. Topics include lighting for characters, blocking shots, and most importantly, the why behind the how. Shane uses the most challenging examples from his feature films to demonstrate his points, but these are techniques that anyone can apply to projects of any size.

There are Ivy League university courses you can take online right now for free! 450 free classes, across multiple online class platforms, are offered in the following categories: Art & Design, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Humanities, Health & Medicine, Engineering, Education & Teaching and Personal Development.

No Film School

You subscribe to a streamer to watch a certain thing. But what happens when that show or movie is over?

Event Series and Movies Add Subscribers to Streamers, But Do They Stay?

Cinema and prosumer cameras can now record up to 8K and 12K. But is that excessive and perhaps unnecessary?
Why High-Resolution Doesn’t Matter—Even If Sometimes It Does

Key aspects to leadership and team management that puts any young director ahead of the curve the first time they step on set.
The Leadership Skills Every Director Should Have  

A minute doesn't seem very long, but it's more than enough time to tell a story and impress someone with your storytelling techniques. No Film School presents their lesson on how to write and direct an excellent 60-second short.

The Hitchcock Zoom: How the Iconic Auteur Used Focus to Tell Story
The "Vertigo Effect" changed camera composition for all of Hollywood history.

How to Design Your Film's Shooting Schedule
A well-formulated shooting schedule can be the difference between production heaven and production hell.

Here's How to Calculate the Cost of Shooting Any Video Format  
Calculating the per-minute cost of shooting any video format in three easy steps.

Show me a filmmaker and I'll show you a person who has lost precious footage due to poor archiving.
Try the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy to Protect All of Your Footage

Shooting car scenes at night without much budget
How We Shot Car Scenes at Night on a Micro-Budget for 'DriverX'

If you want to shoot better slow motion footage, you might want to consider these dos and don'ts.
5 Things You Should and Shouldn't Do When Shooting Slow Motion

A true hero spent the day recording the destruction of fruit and vegetables so that you don't have to.
Download These Free High-Quality Sound FX (or Learn How to Make Them Yourself)

Just Mercy is an inspirational story that tackles issues surrounding systemic racism, and now you can watch it for free through the month of June.
Just Mercy

Wanna Shoot Like Spielberg? Check Out This Oner from 'Raiders'
Learn camera and dolly movement from one of the best filmmakers of all time

Filmmaking Resources Deal for Charity
Educational bundles to benefit Make-A-Wish, Orbis, and Mercy Ships

Introducing Ritual Music
Music Licensing Platform (w/annual fee)

Sundance Collab

Online learning experiences for creators seeking to take their craft to the next level.
Sundance Master Classes

Apple Podcasts

The Team Deakins podcast is an ongoing conversation between acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Deakins, his collaborator, about cinematography, the film business and whatever other questions are submitted.

‎Team Deakins on Apple Podcasts

Film Festivals

How to Navigate the Festival Circuit During a Pandemic
Navigating festivals during COVID-19


San Diego Writers, Ink (SDWI) is a nonprofit organization offering classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events.



TASCAM DR-10L Monitor Wireless Audio Tutorial + The Super Mega Bonus Tip

Soundsnap: The Sound Library You Need to Know About  
Step up your sound effects game with Soundsnap. 

Drop these gunshot sound effects into any action scene.   
KA-POW! Download 286 Gun Sound Effects Absolutely Free 

A true hero spent the day recording the destruction of fruit and vegetables so that you don't have to.  
Download These Free High-Quality Sound FX (or Learn How to Make Them Yourself

Everything You Need to Know About Recording Production Sound for Film

Sound & Music


Why High-Resolution Doesn’t Matter—Even If Sometimes It Does
Cinema and prosumer cameras can now record up to 8K and 12K. But is that excessive and perhaps unnecessary?

13 Clever Gimbal Tricks You Need to Master

What Does CINEMATIC Really Mean?

Camera shutter speed and frame rate match helicopter`s rotor

How Filmmakers Make Cameras Disappear | Mirrors in Movies

Explaining the Difference Between Anamorphic and Spherical Lenses  
Can you spot the differences between anamorphic and spherical lenses? 

Your Guide to Understanding Different Types of Camera Focus
Focus is more than creating a sharp image. It can subliminally elevate your story in many different ways. 

Make Ugly Locations Cinematic

How to Film in the Rain – Low-Budget Filmmaking Tips

10 Camera Movements on a Budget (camera hacks)

Color Correction

Davinci Resolve: Create Better Contrast, Part 2

Green Screen Tips

101 Green Screen Tips in 15 Minutes

Keying Hair


Uncommon Cinematic Lighting Tips

EASY Household Lighting Tips ANYONE CAN DO!

Night Shoots On A Budget (How To Light The Whole Street) 

Motion Graphics

Animation Composer - After Effects plugins, many similar to the presets in Apple Motion.

Ripple Training - Steve at Ripple Training - basics of Motion lets you do so much with off-the-shelf graphics packages.
Modifying a free Motion Template

Remove TRAFFIC on Freeway | After Effects Content-Aware Fill Tutorial + Project File 

Top 10 Hollywood VFX You Can Do Yourself With Adobe After Effects

Have a conversation with yourself, courtesy of After Effects -
How to Clone and Interact with Yourself in After Effects


How Noiseless Props Are Made For Movies And TV Shows | Movies Insider 


Rotoscoping can be fun and easy with Runway ML's Green Screen app. Check out how to harness the power of machine learning for masking objects in your videos in this step-by-step tutorial.

The EASIEST Way to Rotoscope in 2021

Tools is an online collaboration and review tool that integrates with many standard tools, including Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.

Introducing v3.7 c2c-technical-guide

No Film School - other topics

This Database Is a Crucial Tool for Your Mood Boards  
Mood boards need high-resolution images. We found a database that delivers them. 

How to Design Your Film's Shooting Schedule
A well-formulated shooting schedule can be the difference between production heaven and production hell.


How the New iPhone Puts "Hollywood In Your Pocket"
iPhone 13 Pro features an all-new Cinematic mode

With Polycam's new "photo mode," photoscanning and creating 3D models with your phone just became a whole lot better, easier, and more accessible.
You Can Now Scan 3D Objects with Any iPhone

Camera tracking after the fact isn't easy. Here's a way to do it while you're shooting for free.    
Capture iPhone Footage and 3D Tracking Data at the Same Time with This Free App

The iPhone 13 to Feature “Cinematic Video" and ProRes Recording

Federal and state law enforcement are asking questions about Zoom's security and privacy policies, as millions flock to the videoconferencing service for meetings, classes and social gatherings.
A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning


10 Creative Tripod Hacks to get Cinematic Movement.
Tips and tricks to turn your video tripod into a versatile filmmaking tool.
This New Affordable Wide Angle Lens has 8K Full-Frame Covered
Irix 15mm
Tamron's New Lens is an All-in-One Zoom for Filmmakers

28-200mm zoom for full-frame Sony E-mount


Russia Will Make First Film Shot Off-Planet

Hollywood Faces the Hardest Truth: Movies Are No Longer King

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More Resources

American Society of Cinematographers

Anamorphic Format

A Brief History of Light

Canva - Prop Support - a freemium business model. Use it for free, but you need to upgrade to the premium version to unlock more features.

Cinematography Mailing List

No Film

San Diego Filming Jurisdiction Map

The Filmmaker's Blog

How to think like a Cinematographer - Bernie Mitchell

Local Resources

Flat Rentals - Chris Speed: Set Decorator/Art Department - 619-888-1134

Production Support

GFC Production Rentals
Cliff Lawrence
7915 Silverton Avenue Suite 308
San Diego, CA, 92126
Phone: 858-481-6002

Pro Camp Audio Handouts

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